Astros announce ALDS roster, Game One starting lineup
The Astros announced their ALDS roster and Game One starting lineup.
The Astros revealed their roster for the ALDS against the Rays, and it does contain 11 pitchers and 14 position players, as expected, though there is a surprise or two. There are no surprises for the Game One starting lineup, however, as it’s exactly what one might have predicted.
The lineup goes George Springer (CF), Jose Altuve (2B), Michael Brantley (LF), Alex Bregman (3B), Yordan Alvarez (DH), Yuli Gurriel (1B), Carlos Correa (SS), Robinson Chirinos (C) and Josh Reddick (RF). Justin Verlander will be on the mound, as was previously announced.
Among the five bench players the team is carrying are Martin Maldonado, Jake Marisnick and Aledmys Diaz, who were expected to make the roster. The final two spots went to youngsters Kyle Tucker and Myles Straw. Straw could be particularly useful in a pinch-running situation, while Tucker could pinch hit if needed.
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This means Abraham Toro and Jack Mayfield did not make the roster, which is not altogether a surprise. Garrett Stubbs was left off as well, with the Astros not having a real need for a third catcher.
The pitching staff is where the most intrigue lies. Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke are the first three starters. The remaining eight pitchers are all listed as being available out of the bullpen on Game One’s lineup card.
The expected names are Roberto Osuna, Ryan Pressly, Will Harris, Joe Smith, Hector Rondon, Jose Urquidy and Wade Miley. The final bullpen spot went to Josh James, which leaves Brad Peacock, Chris Devenski and Bryan Abreu on the outside looking in.
Peacock being left off is a bit of a surprise, but the Astros determined he needed more rehab time. He will continue to throw in hopes of being included on the ALCS roster if the team advances. In that scenario, the team will likely carry an additional pitcher. Abreu may be a candidate as well, if needed.
James posted a mediocre 4.70 ERA on the season and missed all of August with an injury. But he did not allow a run in his final six appearances, allowing four hits and two walks over six innings while striking out 10. The Astros are clearly banking on the upside of his high-octane arm.
With both Miley and Urquidy listed as being in the bullpen, there’s still no clarity as to who would get the start in a potential Game Four. Both are in the mix, and either one of them making a relief appearance could tip AJ Hinch‘s hand on the issue.
First pitch in Game One is slated for 1:05 PM on Friday. The game will be broadcast on FS1. Check out our series preview for everything you need to know about this ALDS matchup.